Beachy Stools

I have always wanted to own a beach house.  Not just because I love the beach, but because of all the project potential.  I struggle to think of new and exciting ways to decorate my house in the Raleigh area.  I can’t pull off farmhouse.  Nautical doesn’t make sense.  I’m not a fan of vintage.  That doesn’t leave me with much to work with.  So when my parents recently bought a beach house, I was so PUMPED!  I immediately went into project mode.  I started small with a Thrift Store Tray Makeover and then I jumped right in the deep end.

Beachy Stools!

I started with some run of the mill wooden stools.  I actually had three of them sitting in my garage taking up space.  My mom bought another one so she could have a set of four.

I cleaned them up and sanded them down.  Just enough to rough up the surface a little.  Then I used a spray primer to give them a nice base coat.

Once the primer dried, I used a brush and painted a layer of white paint on the legs of each stool.

I let the paint dry for a few hours and got out my sander.  I sanded the legs of the stools around the edges and in some other random places.

I wanted them to look worn and somewhat white-washed.  You know… beachy.

Once I was satisfied with the look of the legs, I got to work on the seats.  I painted the seats with a color called Valspar Coral Reef.  It was a sample on sale at Lowes that I just happened to come across.  I love buying paint samples.  They are cheap and will cover a piece of furniture easily.

I painted about three layers on each stool and there was still plenty of paint left over.

While the seats dried, I used my DIY Stencil Method to create a stencil of a crab and a seahorse.

I used a paint brush and my stencil to paint a design on each of the stools.

Then I used a smaller paint brush to clean up the edges and fill in the gaps.

For the last step, I used some Minwax Paste Finishing Wax to protect the paint.  I just followed the instructions on the tin.  Rub on, wait 15 minutes, rub in.

So cute!

I LOVE the beach theme.  I’m hoping my mom will let me tackle the dining room table next.  She’s having trouble finding one she likes, and my head is spinning with the possibilities of another beachy makeover!  Fingers crossed.

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